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Conference Info

7th Annual Geriatric Conference: Building Partnerships for Geriatric Care
June 16, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Breakfast & Lunch Provided

$75.00 Registration Fee
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Speaker Info



  • Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation. Ms. Berman openly shares her experiences living with Stage IV breast cancer. She has presented to the Institute on Medicine and has authored numerous pieces about her health care choices, palliative care and implications for patients, practice and policy. Her piece in Health Affairs, Living Life In My Own Way—And Dying That Way As Well, was the most read in the journal’s history for the month of May. Her article in the Washington Post was the most read in the National section. She has been featured in Forbes and on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. She also blogs on the Hartford Foundation’s HealthAGEnda site (www.jhartfound.org/blog) and can be followed on Twitter as @jhartfound and @notesonnursing.
    She heads the Foundation’s Integrating and Improving Services grants, focusing on the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults. For example, Ms. Berman is the responsible for a number of efforts to improve transitions of care led by Eric Coleman, Mary Naylor, and the Society for Hospital Medicine, as well as the Foundation’s work to advance palliative care led by Diane Meier and the Center to Advance Palliative Care. She also directs a number of collaborations with federal partners such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Administration for Community Living.


  • Charles Nolan, MD, Director, LIFE Care, Guadelupe Regional Medical Center: At the forefront of GRMC's LIFE Care is Charles Nolan, MD. Moving his practice to Seguin in early August, Dr. Nolan comes from University Hospital in San Antonio where he practiced for years as a nephrologist (kidney specialist), supporting their transplant unit. It was through this experience that he realized the importance of palliative medicine, advance care planning, and providing answers and pathways to patients and their families dealing with serious or life-threatening illness. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Colorado. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He completed his fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Nolan served as the chief of the Nephrology division at Wilford Hall Medical Center before joining the faculty at The UT Health Science Center in 1992.


  • Ana Bendaña, RN, CHPN chairs the Association for Death Education & Counseling's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, is a member of NHPCO’s Hispanic/Latino Outreach Work Group and the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Advisory Group for the Palliative & Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel. In addition, she works for a hospice organization and is a professor of "Death and the Cultures" to undergraduate nursing students.

  • James Castillo, MD, Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and established the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen TX, the first Palliative Care service in the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Castillo also serves on the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council for the State of Texas

  • TBA - University Health System Palliative Care Team

  • TBA - Patient/Family Member Panel

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Continuing Education

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners.

7.50 contact hours

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Hotel Information

The Conference will be held at the 
LaQuinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Medical Center
4431 Horizon Hill Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78229
$85/night (local/state taxes apply)
http://www.lq.com/en/findandbook/hotel-details.6108.html#.VSaCCtzF_mc 
Promo code: UTHSCS

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Things to do in San Antonio

Experience San Antonio's diverse culture of authentic foods, music and art represented by Old Mexico, the Wild West Native America, Germany, Africa and the Deep South. The host hotel is just a stone throw away from the Alamo. The Riverwalk provides the visitor a cool shady haven to take a leisurely stroll along the river's edge where you will find vendors, boutiques, and nightclubs or just relax in a peaceful and quiet corner in a park like setting. The narrated trolley's or horse-drawn carriages provide a relaxing yet informative atmosphere to take in San Antonio's culture, history, and charm. Take time to visit the Alamo cruise down the beautiful Riverwalk on a barge or take a leisurely stroll through Hemisfair Park to the Institute of Texan Cultures (lots of walking) or explore the Guadalupe Cultural Center (10 minute Taxi) and Mexican Cultural Institute. Spend time at Market Square for a taste of old Mexico, offering a variety of food and more than 50 specialty shops. Browse La Villita, San Antonio's oldest surviving settlement, dating from the 1750's, to view the artists and craftsmen, shops, and restaurants. Rich in culture, San Antonio is home to a remarkably diverse community. Cuisine, as well as the art and cultural events in San Antonio are beautiful reflections of this diversity. Come for the conference, but stay for the fun.

San Antonio Weather

Other Attractions:

Riverwalk 
River Tour by ADA Accessible barge 
San Antonio Trolley 
Six Flags Fiesta Texas 
SeaWorld 
Splashtown Water Park 
Schlitterbahn Water Park 

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Registration Policies 

Payment Options: Payment must be made by credit card at the end of the online registration. We are not accepting check payments. If credit card payment is not made (or special code is used) your registration will be deleted and there will be no record of your information kept in the system.

Attendee Cancellation, Substitution, Refund: The conference registration fees are not refundable. You may send a substitute if you are unable to attend. Please email gutierrezc8@uthscsa.edu to inform her of this change.

Guest Attendance Policy: All conference activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for conference attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the conference areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

DLL Conference Modification or Cancellation: DLL reserves the right to modify the course’s schedule or program as necessary. DLL also reserves the right to cancel this conference, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

The Department of Lifelong Learning cannot be held responsible for the cost of a nonrefundable airline ticket or flight change in the event of a course cancellation or the rescheduling of the program. Upon registering in any continuing Nursing Education activity, the participant agrees that the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and their affiliates, and all personnel associated with the program are not responsible or liable for any injuries or other damages sustained by the attendee in connection with the scheduled activity, and the participant hereby releases each of them from any claims against them arising directly or indirectly from any such injury or damage. We are unable to refund any travel costs (flight, hotel, etc.) in the case of DLL cancellation.

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